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Fox Drama “Almost Family” Left at the Starting Gate; Netflix and Game Show Network Announce New Series

Thursday, October 3, 2019

There were three classic sitcom premieres, all on CBS: “Father Knows Best” in 1954, which was based on the radio series of the same name; “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1960; and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in 1961. “Father Knows Best” aired on all Big 3 networks at one point…In 1976, “Quincy, ME,” starring Jack Klugman, launched as one of the four rotating series on “The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie.” After four 90-minute movie format broadcasts, “Quincy, ME” was upgraded to a weekly one-hour series in the fall of 1977…More recent was the launch of ABC dramedy “Desperate Housewives” in 2004…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Gwen Stefani is 50;

“Party of Five” star Neve Campbell is 46.

Did You Know?
“The Andy Griffith Show” is one of three TV series historically to top the ratings in its final season. The other two are “I Love Lucy” and “Seinfeld”…The other three series in the “NBC Mystery Movie” rotation the season “Quincy, ME” aired in that format were “Columbo, “McCloud” and “McMillan” (which, minus Susan Saint James, had its titled shortened from “McMillan and Wife”).

RATINGS BOX                                                           

Live+7 Day Data – Week of Sept. 16: Click here

Wednesday 10/02/19

Note: That is the last day that Nielsen is releasing the overnight ratings in the morning. We will begin utilizing the fast affiliate data (which is time period based and available at 11 a.m. ET) as our first source of ratings for the prior evening. Please visit our website at approximately 11:15 a.m. ET tomorrow of those results. As of Monday, Oct. 7, the newsletter will be released at about that time to include this data.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.0/ 9, Fox: 3.7/ 6, CBS: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 2.9/ 5, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change From Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +50, Fox: + 3, CBS: – 3, ABC: -10. NBC: -11,

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Ratings Breakdown:
In series premiere news, Fox drama “Almost Family” was left at the overnight starting gate with a fourth-place 2.2 rating/4 share in households in the 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, this was 29 percent below the 3.1/ 5 for year-ago time period occupant “Star.” And the retention out of lead-in “The Masked Singer” (#2: 5.3/ 9 at 8 p.m.) was just 42 percent. Since most new series drop by 10 to 20 percent in week two, “Almost Home” faces a steep uphill battle.

Here were two season premieres last night (and both on CBS): “SEAL Team” (#2: 3.5/ 6 at 9 p.m.) and relocated “S.W.A.T.” (#3: 2.9/ 5 at 9 p.m.). “SEAL TEAM” opened nine percent its year-ago return (3.2/ 5 on 10/04/18) and “S.W.A.T.” was close to overnight levels for former time period occupant “Criminal Minds.”

For the remainder of the overnight analysis for Wednesday, October 2, click here

Live+Same Day Ratings
Monday 9/30/19: Click here
Tuesday 10/01/19: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Orders Sketch Comedy “The Iliza Shlesinger Show”
Netflix has ordered “The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show,” a new sketch comedy series featuring comedian Iliza Shlesinger. The six-episode half-hour series will shoot in New York this fall and launch in 2020. The logline: From the mind of Iliza Shlesinger comes a secret world filled with absurd characters, insight into the female experience, and irreverent yet poignant social commentary.

Shlesinger serves as an executive producer alongside Kim Gamble, Kara Baker, David Martin, Richard Allen-Turner, and Jon Thoday. The series is produced by Avalon Television.

Game Show Network Greenlights “Get A Clue”
Game Show Network has ordered”Get A Clue,” a word-guessing game show hosted by actor Rob Belushi (“How I Met Your Mother”). The new half-hour series will premiere in early 2020 and will air Monday through Friday. The logline: “Get A Clue” is a fast-paced, high energy clue game in which two teams compete to see who can successfully guess the most answer words before time runs out. In each round, teams will receive a list of answer words they get to play. The fun starts as the first player gives clues to the second player until they guess the correct word, then the second player gives clues to the third player, and so on, until the team either guesses all the words in the category or runs out of time. The team with the most points advances to the bonus round to play for $10,000. They’have 60 seconds to guess eight words but the entire team has to stay on their toes because the clue givers, and guessers, change randomly with every new word.

“Get A Clue” is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC. Craig Brooks serves as executive producer.


Lifetime Renews Docuseries “Marrying Millions” for Season Two
Lifetime has greenlit docuseries “Marrying Millions” with an expanded second season order. Returning in 2020, “Marrying Millions” has received a 16-episode order, up from 10 episodes from its debut season, as it follows relationships where one partner is incredibly wealthy, and the other is definitively not.

From the creators of “90 Day Fiancé,” “Marrying Millions” follows six couples who are deeply in love and hoping to marry, but come from completely different worlds. Some couples may be familiar faces from the first season! Regular people are whisked off their feet and plunged into a high-end life of riches, extravagant experiences, and glamorous trips around the globe.


PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
This week, Douglas reviews new CW series “Batwoman” and “Nancy Drew.” To listen, click here

A Brief History of “The Brady Bunch” – Click here

Fall TV Preview 2019: What to Watch (and What’s Not Worth It) – Click here

Best of the Worst: The History of Bad TV in 10 Shows – Click here

The Top 25 TV Shows of the 1970s, click here


2019 College Football Week 6 TV and Announcer Schedule
The Iowa Hawkeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) try for their third straight series win when they host the Michigan Wolverines (Fox, Oct. 5 12 p.m. ET). Michigan (3-1, 1-1) rebounded from a loss to Wisconsin by pasting Rutgers 52-0 behind QB Shea Patterson (four total touchdowns).

The Auburn Tigers visit the Florida Gators in a clash of unbeaten SEC teams (CBS, Oct. 5 3:30 p.m. ET). Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) routed Mississippi State 56-23 last week with freshman Bo Nix accounting for three touchdowns. Florida (5-0, 2-0) blanked FCS member Towson. For the Week 6 college football regular season schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers), click here

2019 NFL Regular Season Week 5 TV and Announcer Schedule
The Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers renew hostilities (Fox, Oct. 6 4:25 p.m. ET) as both teams are coming off tough losses in prime time last week (Week 4); Green Bay lost to Philadelphia on Sep. 26, Dallas fell to 3-1 this season with a loss to New Orleans on the Sep. 29 edition of Sunday Night Football.

Daniel Jones leads the New York Giants into a Week 5 tilt with the Minnesota Vikings (Fox, Oct. 6 1 p.m. ET). Since taking over for veteran Eli Manning in Week 3, Jones has thrown for 561 yards with three touchdowns, adding two scores on the ground, while leading New York to two straight victories.

The Cleveland Browns visit the San Francisco 49ers — the lone undefeated team in the NFC — on Monday Night Football (ESPN, Oct. 7 8:15 p.m. ET). Nick Chubb racked up 183 yards from scrimmage with three touchdowns and Jarvis Landry had eight catches for 167 yards in Cleveland’s win over Baltimore in Week 4. San Francisco is coming off its bye week. For the complete week 5 NFL regular season schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers), click here


Upcoming music competition series “America’s Most Musical Family” will debut on Nickelodeon on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. ET. In the series, 30 family bands perform in all genres take center stage in front of celebrity judges Ciara, digital media sensation David Dobrik, pop icon and Broadway star Debbie Gibson and show host, singer and television personality Nick Lachey to compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and the chance to win a $250,000 cash prize in partnership with Capri Sun 100% Juice. The premiere of America’s Most Musical Family will simulcast across BET, MTV, MTV2, Nicktoons, Paramount Network, TeenNick, TV Land and VH1.

The Los Angeles Rams face the Seattle Seahawks on the NFL on FOX…The CW offers night 2 of “The iHeart Radio Music Festival”…Travel debuts “The Holzer Files”…Season premieres: “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA and “Mysteries of the Abandoned” on Science…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, October 3 click here